Hamann thinks Liverpool will edge Manchester United in crunch match

Former Reds star Dietmar Hamann was talking to Sky Sports News about this weekend's standout Premier League fixture.

Dietmar Hamann has predicted a Liverpool victory in Sunday's grudge match with rivals Manchester United, and suggested Brendan Rodgers' side could be aiming higher than fourth position come the final whistle.

The Istanbul hero told Sky Sports News that the game on Sunday would be a massive fixture, especially with both sides fighting to establish themselves in the Champions League spots.

Liverpool have overcome a difficult start to the season to embark in a superb run since their 3-0 loss to United at Old Trafford in December, with the Merseyside club unbeaten in the league since that fixture. It is a spell of form that has seen them rise from mid-table to the cusp of the Champions League places, where United have been in and around for much of Louis van Gaal's debut season.

But United themselves enjoyed a superb win over fellow top four challengers Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and will go into the game with real belief that a victory may go a long way to sealing their place in next season's Champions League.

"It has always been a big game," Hamann said.

"Years ago these games were for the title, but now it is for a top-four finish, which is just as big with all the money involved.

"It will be a tight game, but the form Liverpool are in, I fancy Liverpool to beat United on Sunday.

"It will be a special atmosphere and hopefully the fans can lift the team over the line."

The former Bayern Munich midfielder went on to say that he thought, such was the Reds' form, second place wasn't out of the question.

"Liverpool have just got this feeling of invincibility about them. You just can't see them getting beat," he added.

"What Liverpool are doing at the moment is finding a way of winning games. They defend well, don't concede many goals, their 'keeper, Simon Mignolet, has been transformed.

"They are the team with the momentum to take them into the top four.

"They are a threat to the teams above them, apart from Chelsea. The Manchester clubs and Arsenal will be looking over their shoulder now."

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